hfqezine (hfqezine) wrote,

Belated movie review: BRAVE

Went to see BRAVE at the dollar theater last night- a movie that hits pretty much all the heroic-fantasy high-points. I thought it was quite good and recommend it to those who haven't seen it. I'll also be talking about some spoilers, so if you haven't seen it keep that in mind.

I think that, unlike a lot of other movies in the sub-genre, the main action wasn't so ...
much against a "bad guy" as a "bad situation". Something pretty rare in movies of this ilk. Yes, there was a kind -of-villain (Mordru? Morgu?), but he was more like the big snake in the pit as opposed to Thusla Doom (to throw in a 1980s Conan reference). Actually, you could almost say Mordru was well-nigh a force of nature and/or a powerful statement on man's inhumanity to man.

Of course, 'Brave' isn't 'Conan', it's a kid's movie, so you've got to keep that in mind. It is also rare in that instead of dad-issues it's about mom-issues (although 'Mirrormask' and 'Corraline' did tread that path), and a nod to some general resonsibilites of being a grown-up.

One of the most interesting bits for me had to do with the fact that going in, I had no idea what the movie was about. Red-head princess with a bow... something something...monster inthe woods...something something. Her mom getting turned into a bear ? No idea. That was a nice switch from all the movie previews that give away every aspect of the move. If it had been a little more standard, if Mordru had kidnapped the triplets or something and she had to go tet them, I think we would have gotten that in the prviews. But explaining that someeone gets turned into a bear? And that Mordru isn't really the leader of any invading horde or anything? Much more complicated.

I also wonder if they are going to make an sequels? After all, it was a lot of work to put in the history of the kindom(s), and the mention of the northmen, and Meridiah and the three princes, and whatever bits of the old kingdom may be floating about.
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